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Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool

Welcome to ESU's QA Student Experts Pool

This page provides a collection of resources and training materials that enable members of the European Students’ Union (ESU) Student Experts Pool on Quality Assurance (QA) to carry out their duties, student representatives to participate in tasks relating to higher education quality, and students to improve their learning experiences.

It is often beneficial for staff members of organisations concerned with higher education quality to recognize students’ positions in these processes.

Listen, Talk and Team-Up
Considerations for panel members in external quality assurance

Conversation, investigation and presentation skills are essential for value-added and open discussions in external quality assurance (EQA) and for further promoting trust in, and enhancement and development of the related evaluation procedures. In this regard, reflections on attitude and behaviour are of high importance as the QA reviewers are responsible for the impact of their review activities. The different stakeholders represented on each panel must bring their own points of view, based on experience and knowledge to bear on the evaluation procedures while building on the views and interests of their peers.

The following considerations are a collection of topics and reflections with regard to communication and beyond – from looking at why effective communication is relevant in QA reviews across the different roles and expectations of involved parties to practical tips for building an inclusive and appreciative environment in remote reviews. This project aims to provide QA reviewers with reflections that are applicable and useful for all involved stakeholder groups from all levels of experience.

These notes are intended to promote the creation of a fruitful and constructive working environment, with the full engagement of all parties involved – both within the external expert panel and between the panel and the institution under evaluation.

They should provide you with an overview of the general communication during reviews, and can serve to establish a standardised approach to conducting the assessments in an online and offline format. Have a look and see which reflections and recommendations are useful for you.

For any questions or suggestions, reach out to us at qapoolsc@esu-online.org

Call for students to join  the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts’ Pool for the membership term 2022/2023

The Steering Committee of ESU’s Quality Assurance (QA) Student Experts’ Pool hereby opens a call for 90 members for the term 2022/2021. All applications must be submitted by the 15th of May, 2022, at 23:59 CEST, by filling out the following application form and uploading the necessary documents. 

The ESU’s Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool has been established to promote student engagement in quality assurance and contribute to improving higher education provision in the European Higher Education Area. Furthermore, it aims to develop  ESU as a crucial partner for quality assurance agencies in Europe and to play a leading role in quality assurance policy developments.

For these purposes,  members of the pool are trained and involved in the policy work of  ESU.  Pool members can also be nominated to participate in quality assurance procedures, e.g. reviews, thus promoting student participation in quality assurance processes across Europe. Through the pool, ESU also undertakes capacity-building and development activities in quality assurance in higher education on the national level, in cooperation with the National Students’ Union members of ESU.

During the past years, ESU has organised several pieces of training at the European level. So far, ESU has nominated an increasing number of students to participate in various international external evaluations organised by different quality assurance agencies all over Europe. Most notably, ESU is cooperating with the Institutional Evaluation Programme of the European University Association (EUA) and is nominating students for external reviews of quality assurance agencies to determine membership in the European Association of Quality Assurance (ENQA) and/or inclusion in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

 

Benefits of being a member of the QA Pool:

  • learning about European higher education;
  • involvement in quality assurance processes at a programme, institutional, national and international levels (e.g. evaluations of institutions and quality assurance agencies);
  • possibility to participate in quality assurance governing bodies such as those of quality assurance agencies;
  • receiving regular updates about the newest developments in the field of quality assurance;
  • opportunities to attend external quality assurance events;
  • possibilities for networking with other people interested in the topic of quality assurance;
  • opportunities to participate in specially designed pieces of training for experts;
  • opportunities to develop transferable skills, such as communication skills, peer assessment, etc.

 

Tasks and responsibilities that can be expected from ESU’s QA Pool members:

  • share knowledge and experience in quality assurance;
  • discuss topics in quality assurance  and/or student involvement;
  • act as multiplier agents in their respective countries;
  • disseminate articles or any other documents related to quality assurance among student experts in QA at the national and international levels;
  • contribute towards the preparation of meetings and training sessions;
  • give feedback on reports, ESU policy papers, or similar documents;
  • inform the pool about any quality assurance-related events;
  • provide feedback about reviews, pieces of training and conferences to the Steering Committee of ESU’s QA Student Experts Pool;
  • promote the ESU’s QA Student Experts’ Pool;
  • identify themselves as members of ESU’s QA Student Experts Pool;
  • enhance student participation in quality assurance in higher education;
  • attend meetings and training sessions organised for ESU’s QA Student Experts Pool members;
  • contribute to ESU’s solidarity fund to cover administrative costs and support the sustainability of the QA Pool in case of being remunerated as a consequence of their membership.

 

Selection

In the selection process, we aim to ensure an adequate balance of participants by country and region in Europe, study field, level of study and type of higher education, and a balance of participants of each gender, according to ESU’s Gender Mainstreaming Strategy.

Current pool members are also invited to apply if they wish to continue their membership in the pool.

 

Criteria for selection:

  • Registered  higher  education  student  (at  any  level) or recently graduated (within 1 year) – only if continuing membership;
  • Previous  experience  in  various  levels  of  quality  assurance  in  higher  education,  especially participation in reviews or review-like activities;
  • Experience in student representation;
  • Willingness  to  adhere  to  quality  assurance  operational  procedures  and  commit  time as necessary;
  • Excellent command of English.

 

Looked upon favourably:

  • Letter of support from organisations or institutions involved with quality assurance, higher education policies and/or student representation;
  • Ability to work in languages other than  English (such as French, German or Spanish).

 

For any queries, you can reach us at qapoolsc@esu-online.org. Responsible persons for this call are Irina Duma, Damir Solak and Ana Gvritishvili on behalf of the Steering Committee of the ESU QA Pool, Stanimir Boyadzhiev and Jakub Grodecki on behalf of the ESU Executive Committee.

At this year’s edition of the INQAAHE conference termed “Re-Imagining of Higher Education Quality in an Age of Uncertainty” the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool Steering Committee has presented the students’ perspective on the future of Quality Assurance. During the poster presentation the Steering Committee, first, displayed the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool as an example for structurally embedded student representation in Quality Assurance on the one hand, and as a platform for development, innovation and exchange on the other hand. Afterwards, the Steering Committee presented the students’ perspective on potential developments of QA in the upcoming years to work towards a vision on the future of Quality Assurance with a strong emphasis on student involvement. To gather data and directly involve the knowledge base of the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool student experts they were consulted in both a qualitative and a quantitative way via a questionnaire and a digitally organized Think Tank.

Please have a closer look at the poster to learn more about the outcomes of the questionnaire and the Think Tank and how student experts from the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool see the future of Quality Assurance. At this point the Steering Committee would like to thank all ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool members that have contributed with their expertise and ideas for the future of QA from a students’ perspective in this project.

In 2009, the European Students’ Union (ESU) established a pool of committed and well-prepared students who aim to improve higher education provision in Europe through quality assurance procedures.

The establishment of this pool is how ESU promotes and develops student participation in quality assurance all over Europe. The pool is renewed once a year and has an independent Steering Committee, which launches the calls and selects the applicants based on public criteria.

ESU organises study sessions, workshops and other events for pool members where they are trained.

The pool brings together students from all parts of Europe, their experience and knowledge, and an excellent forum for debating, sharing views and learning about quality assurance.

These students contribute to the ESU policymaking process, act as multipliers agents in their respective countries, collaborate in several projects, participate in Quality Assurance reviews, etc.

Currently, there are 66 students in ESU’s Student Experts Pool on Quality Assurance (QA Pool), allowing them to participate in various events, training and quality assurance and enhancement provisions. Members of the pool are being annually recruited usually starting from the end of May/beginning of June with an open call issued at esu-online.org.  

Following is a list of people that were selected as members of the QA Pool in July 2021:

 Last name First name
 Country of residence
 Alós-Ordiales Esther Spain
 Andrzejczyk Agata Poland
 Ayyıldız Simge Turkey
 Bakonyi Jakub Poland
 Biernat Mateusz Scotland
 Bohlens Christopher Germany
 Brzakovic Mia Serbia
 Busato Davide Italy
 Caparrós Álvarez Alberto Spain
 Carbonell Beatriz Atienza Spain
 Çatal Sena Turkey
 Cerghizan Andrei Vlad Romania
 Cocuz Iuliu Gabriel Romania
 Cotoi Paul Sorin Romania
 Drobnič Matej Slovenia
 Dumitru Dragoș Romania
 Duplava Ana Romania
 Dzidziguri Gvantsa Georgia
 Eren Eda Turkey
 Farník Michal Czechia
 Galea Thomas Malta
 Gardiner Sarah Scotland
 Gonzalez Francisco Joaquín   Jiminez Spain
 Goszczyński Michał Poland
 Greniewska Natalia Poland
 Gussmann Leander Austria
 Hajdari Agron Kosovo
 Harmer Miranda United Kingdom
 Herrero Alicia Presencio Spain
 Hülağa Kaderoğlu Gizem Turkey
 Iliescu Alexandru Constantin Romania
 İyisan Muhammed Turkey
 Japiashvili Nato Hungary
 Jensdóttir Jenný Sweden
 Jongmans Lisa Belgium
 Karaoglan Hilal Turkey
 Klampfer Anna Austria
 Korzeniowski Adrian Poland
 Marín Navarro Natalia Spain
 Martín Diego José Sánchez Spain
 Meikališa Santa Katrīna Latvia
 Michalik Damian Poland
 Muñoz Pedro Torralbo Spain
 Muth Liv Teresa
 Germany/Belgium
 Neufeld Sebastian Germany
 Onița Horia-Șerban Romania
 Peiró Márquez Laura Spain
 Pulieri Enrico United Kingdom
 Ritter Laura Germany
 Ruadze Mari Georgia
 Sarabil Şan Turkey
 Solovjovas Arnoldas Lithuania
 Sönmez Ömer Faruk Turkey
 Stan Adrian Tudor Romania
 Štefancová Elena Slovakia
 Tabatadze Revaz Georgia
 Torés Izquierdo Ángel Spain
 Tvaska Dominykas Lithuania
 Van der Wal Floor Netherlands
 Weygant Joshua Germany
 Zamfir Alexandra-Simona Romania
 Ziegler Jessica Germany
 Duma Irina* Romania
 Gvritishvili Ana* Georgia
 Solak Damir* Czechia
 Boyadzhiev Stanimir** Bulgaria
 Grodecki Jakub*** Poland/Belgium

* Steering Committee member

** ESU Executive Committee member

*** ESU Presidency member (without ESU QA Pool membership)

The ESU Student Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance has been established to promote student engagement in quality assurance and to contribute to the improvement of higher education provision in the European Higher Education Area.

 

Thus, pool members are expected to:

  • share their own experience on quality assurance,
  • discuss topics on QA and/or student involvement,
  • act as multiplier agent at their respective countries,
  • disseminate articles or any other documents related to QA at national or international level,
  • contribute to preparation of the meetings and training sessions,
  • give feedback to studies or other requests, such an ESU policy paper,
  • inform the pool about any QA-related event at international level,
  • promote the ESU student experts’ pool on quality assurance,
  • identifying themselves as members of this pool,
  • foster student participation in quality assurance
 

Benefits for being a member of QA Pool:

  • learning about European higher education
  • Involvement in quality assurance processes at programme, institutional, national and international levels (e.g. evaluations of institutions and quality assurance agencies)
  • Opportunities to represent the pool to external events and governing bodies, such as the steering committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum
  • possibilities for networking
  • opportunity to participate in specially designed trainings for reviewers
  • opportunity to develop communication skills, etc.
 

Tasks and responsibilities that can be expected from QA Pool members:

  • share their own experience on quality assurance;
  • discuss topics on quality assurance and/or student involvement;
  • act as multiplier agent at their respective countries;
  • participate in reviews;
  • disseminate articles or any other documents related to quality assurance at national or international level;
  • contribute to preparation of the meetings and training sessions;
  • give feedback to studies or other requests, such an ESU policy paper;
  • inform the pool about any quality assurance-related event at international level;
  • promote the ESU student experts’ pool on quality assurance;
  • identifying themselves as members of this pool;
  • foster student participation in quality assurance.

Check our Brochure

The Pool of Student Experts in Quality Assurance is a group of well prepared and experienced student-experts who take part in quality assurance processes in Higher Education Institutions all over Europe.

Our  Steering Committee

ESU’s Student Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance is supported by a group of dedicated students –  the Steering Committee, who is responsible for launching calls for new members and overseeing the pool’s work.

The group consists of five individuals, out of which two are members of ESU’s Executive Committee. The other three are being selected annually from the pool members, with an internal call being issued by the end of January/beginning of February.

The following members are appointed for the Steering Committee:

Please, contact the pool via qapoolsc@esu-online.org

Contact our Steering Committee

DEQAR Connect Conference

The topic of the 2021 DEQAR Conference, held from December 6 – 7th December  2021, was: ”From Data to Policy – Linking Quality Assurance and Recognition”.

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